German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
Chamomile is a cheerful little plant, and said to sweeten the soul. There are two varieties of Chamomile, German Chamomile (Chamomilla recutita), an annual which we use in our skincare products and Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile), a perennial, however the two varieties have been used interchangeably in traditional medicine. Her pretty flowers give a sweet, apple-like scent when brushed past in the garden. She is also known as the Doctor of the garden, as she is traditionally planted to help keep other nearby plants healthy. She is cooling, soothing and drying in nature and loves a sunny position in the garden. She is native to Western Europe, India, and Western Asia.
This unassuming little herb has earned a much deserved place as one of the most sacred herbal remedies, with thousands of years use through-out Europe and Ancient Egypt. Traditionally, Chamomile has been used to relieve tension and pain, especially when the digestive tract is involved. Topically, Chamomile preparations have been used to heal wounds and skin conditions, and prevent infections with anti-bacterial properties. Also known for her affinity with children, Chamomile has been used to help a teething or grumpy baby to settle and sleep.
Chamomile flowers are rich in oils containing the compound azulene, which has been found to be anti-inflammatory, showing promise in treating conditions such as arthritis, muscular aches and spasms and headaches. Other research has shown the calming effect of chamomile tea on the nervous and digestive system, with Chamomile in tea or a bath before bed, aiding restful sleep.
With so many ways she can sweeten our everyday lives, we include Chamomile in our Sleep Balm, Baby Balm, Relax Deodorant, Sensitive Deodorant & Dream Bath Soak. If you come across sweet Chamomile or have the opportunity to give her a place in your garden, be sure to take the time to thank her for all her gifts.
Please note, all the information provided on this page is for general information purposes only. It is not intended to be used as specific medical advice. We recommend speaking with a qualified healthcare practitioner for treatment of any specific health conditions.
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